25 September 2015

Is This the World You Want?

A Lord's Supper devotion I gave a while back...
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A couple weeks ago, I was listening to a new CD we had got by the band Switchfoot. One of the songs caught my attention after a couple listens, and I was drawn to listening more closely to the lyrics, which really touched me. Shortly thereafter, I gave some thought to using them for a Lord’s Supper devotion here, and filed the thought away. 


Then last week in the sermon, the discussion was about our Christian walk. During it, there was one quote that really struck me as relating to the song I had thought about sharing some time earlier. The quote was by the unknown author which said:

You are writing a gospel, a chapter each day. By the deeds that you do, and the words that you say. Men read what you write, whether faithless or true. Just what is the gospel, according to you?

Prior to that in the sermon, (Pastor) Dave had said:

We are to live consistent with what we know, with what we teach, with what we preach, and with what we believe—this is integrity. We are losing all credibility today because we say one thing and do another. We live one way and preach another. We must walk worthy of our calling, or we destroy our effectiveness and become a group of hypocrites.



At this point, I would like to share the song. A little back story about the song, in the beginning you hear some kids. The band had traveled to South Africa, and they were inspired to write a song, and so they got together some of the kids to be a part of it. In the song you will hear a small choir throughout.

The song discusses the state of the world around us, and how each of us plays a part in changing it. He challenges the listener near the end by pointing out that the ways they actually live is their true religion. Below is the song audio (in video format) to hear as you read along with the lyrics found below it:


I'm pickin' up the pieces
I'm trying out adhesives
I'm trying to fix a place that feels broken

All my words have failed me
My voices don't avail me
I'm trying to say the hope that's unspoken

(Chorus 1)
Is this the world you want?
Is this the world you want?
You're making it
Every day you're alive
Is this the world you want?
Is this the world you want?
You're making it

The world feels so malicious
With all our hits and misses
Feels like we're in the business of rust

It's when I stop to listen
All the moments I've been missin'
I finally hear a voice I can trust

(Chorus 1)
Is this the world you want?
Is this the world you want?
You're making it
Every day you're alive
Is this the world you want?
Is this the world you want?
You're making it
Every day you're alive

(Chorus 2)
You change the world
You change the world
You change the world
Every day you're alive
You change the world
Honey, you change the world
You change my world

You start to look like what you believe
You float through time like a stream
If the waters of time are made up by you and I
I could change the world for you, you change it for me

What you say is your religion
How you say it's your religion
Who you love is your religion
How you love is your religion
All your science, your religion
All your hatred, your religion
All your wars are your religion
Every breath is your religion yea

(Chorus 1)
Is this the world you want?
Is this the world you want?
You're making it
Every day you're alive
Is this the world you want?
Is this the world you want?
You're making it
Every day you're alive

(Chorus 2)
You change the world
You change the world
You change my world
Every day you're alive
You change my world
Honey, you change my world
You change my world